Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Live Music + CD Picks
In 2009, he convened the group that will join him in New Haven (well, most of them.) Saxophonist Noah Preminger (a Connecticut native), pianist Dan Tepfer and bassist Chris Lightcap recorded "Perennial" for Brooklyn Jazz Underground Records - the CD made many year-end "Top 10" lists (including mine) for its inventive mix of melody and rhythms as well as the impressive musicianship. For the 4's new recording, "The Drop and the Ocean" (BJU Records - reviewed here), John Hebert replaced Lightcap, adding his distinctive voice to the ensemble. What impresses me most is that Garcia's music is more concerned with melody than with flashy solos. Tepfer is such an inventive player and Preminger never overplays, often displaying a softer tone (a la Charles Lloyd) on solos that float rather than fly. There are many moments when the quartet lets loose but rarely in a frenetic manner. The Firehouse 12 website lists Joe Martin joining the band for this date and he's no slouch when it comes to bass playing.
For more information, go to firehouse.com or call 203-785-0468.
Here's a cut from "The Drop and the Ocean", courtesy of BJU Records and IODA Promonet:
here), is a young player with very mature ears. His brush work on his piece "First Rain" sizzles and sighs while his "bop chops" on Zaleski's "On The Road" should make your feet tap in happiness. The pianist took part in the 2011 Thelonious Monk Piano Competition (ultimately won by Kris Bowers) and has been receiving great reviews for his fine melodic style. One can hear the influence of Bill Evans on Rosato's "Clark" yet, most of the time, he's his own person. He swings sweetly on the Miles Davis/Gil Evans classic "Boplicity" and really shines on his own composition, the lovely ballad "Deep Blue." Rosato, who's only 22 years old, not only locks in the bottom but also is a very melodic bassist whose phrases are fluid and well-placed. The urgency in his forceful lines on "All The Things You Are" helps to make the piece sound new.
"Anticipation" is good music and these 3 young musicians are yet another hopeful sign that jazz will continue to excite listeners for many more years. For more information, go to www.glennzaleski.com or www.colinstranahan.com.
"Samdhi" has much to offer the adventurous listener, from Mahavishnu-like "burnout" to introspective solo pieces. The band, minus Krishnan, is currently on a European tour and will be appearing at The Jazz Standard in New York City (11/01 & 02), the Regatta Bar in Boston (11/03) and Firehouse 12 in New Haven (11/04). One can just imagine how this music will have grown by then. In the meantime, latch on to the recording and play it loud. For more information, go to rudreshm.com.
The CD closes with 2 ballads; "How Things Were" has a melancholy melody, an emotional solo from Almazan followed by an introspective solo from Saslow while "Until Next Time" has a hopeful melody and the leader's most impressive solo (fine work from Moreno in weaving in and out below the solo.)
"Crosby Street" may not stir your emotions on first listen but go back with open ears and let the sounds wash over you. Pay attention to the stellar rhythm section, the "behind the scenes" work of Moreno and Almazan and the sweet emotionally vulnerable sounds of Jake Saslow. For more information, go to jakesaslow.com.